Russia pressures workers at Zaporizhia nuclear plant to lie to IAEA: Ukraine

The energy operator in Ukraine, Energoatom, accused Russian forces of intensifying pressure on workers at the Zaporizhia NPP to hide information from experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), who could visit the facilities in the coming days.

According to Energoatom, Russian forces want the plant’s workers conceal evidence from the international mission that crimes are being committed and that the plant works as a military base, says a statement shared on Telegram.

The company warned that the situation at the nuclear plant remains high risk and does not rule out that radioactive leaks may occur after the latest attackswhich forced an unprecedented disconnection of the plant from the Ukrainian power grid on Thursday.

A spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry, Igor Konashenkov, affirmed this Saturday that there are no radioactive leaks at the plant and that a military unit was deployed nearby to protect the entire perimeter against potential Ukrainian attacks, according to the agency TASS.

However, Konashenko ruled out the presence of heavy weapons in a plant that Russia has controlled since the beginning of March. The Ukrainian authorities, as well as the UN, have repeatedly called for the withdrawal of these troops.

Bombings continue in the surroundings of the Zaporizhia nuclear plant

Moscow bombing in the last 24 hours the vicinity of the Ukrainian nuclear power plant in Zaporizhia, controlled by Russia, which has been a focus of international concern due to the possibility that the fighting in the area could trigger a catastrophe.

Ukrainian personnel continue to operate the Zaporizhia plant, the largest nuclear power plant in Europe and, in recent weeks, both sides have traded blame for the bombing near the plant.

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The nuclear company Energoatom indicated that Russian troops returned to shell the grounds of the plant complex in the last 24 hours.

“Damage is currently being checked,” Energoatom wrote in a statement on Telegram.

Moscow’s Defense Ministry accused Ukrainian forces of shelling the plant complex three times in the past 24 hours.

Reuters he was unable to verify the reports on the battlefield.

A total of 17 shells were fired, four of which hit the roof of special building number 1where 168 WestingHouse nuclear fuel assemblies were stored,” the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement.

The 10 shells, he said, exploded near a nuclear fuel dry storage facility spent and three more near a building that houses the storage of fresh nuclear fuel. The radiation situation at the plant remains normal.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said last Friday that the situation in Zaporizhia remained “very risky” after two of its six reactors were reconnected to the network after the bombings that caused the nuclear plant to be disconnected for the first time in its history.

Energoatom reported Friday night that the plant’s two reactors that were running had been reconnected to the grid and returned to electricity supply after being completely offline on Thursday.

(With information from Reuters and Europe Press)

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